I did a search but couldn’t find anything on packing services.
I’m curious what to expect. The city is forcing us to move out of our beloved 3-bedroom apartment (they say they want to build a school, ha!) and they are paying our moving expenses. Whether they like it or not, a packing service WILL be part of the deal. We planned on being here the rest of our lives and settled in accordingly. We have tens of thousands of books, records, magazines, DVDs, videos and cassettes. We have over 1000 LPs alone. We also do work at home, so we have 7 file cabinets and 2 steel case desks. Wooden shelves galore. Several dressers. All full. One moving company giving us an estimate saw all our stuff and quoted $8000.00! I think he made it high because he knew the city wouldn’t pay it and he wouldn’t have to deal with us.
So, what should I expect from a packing service, and what will they expect of me? I’ve already gone through most of the house and given/thrown away just about everything I can part with. Every single dish/pot/pan in the kitchen has been washed, every drawer and cabinet culled, lots of odds and ends put in plastic grocery sacks, things put in boxes that we have boxes for (there’s a lot of stuff we don’t have boxes for though), and have done laundry, though I haven’t put anything away yet, thinking it might be easier to carry the clean clothes in the bags I put them in at the laundrymat.
What else? Should I empty out bedroom drawers? On the one hand, I’d think that’s the packing service’s job, on the other, I’m not sure I want a stranger going through my undies and I certainly will bag and disguise the sex toy drawer. What about clothes hanging in the closet?
Should I empty my office desk drawers? I did one side but not the other. I haven’t yet emptied the file cabinet drawers.
What do they do about odd-sized/shaped things? Boom boxes (2, with no boxes), baskets, posters, speakers, rolling carts (we have several), etc.?
How often do people get burglarized because someone from the moving/packing company scoped out the contents of the household?
Any tips, suggestions, anecdotes would be appreciated. Thanks!